Success Stories


Anna Magnuson

NDAD and Anna Magnuson have been personally acquainted for at least several years. “I’m very thankful we have a place like (NDAD) in town,” said Anna, a lifelong resident of Grand Forks, home to NDAD’s main office. “I’ve received help and guidance in many different aspects and ways.“   Anna has cerebral ...
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Jenny Chavez

NDAD provided much-needed assistance to Jenny Chavez years ago to help widen the doorways in the Devils Lake mobile home she purchased and also to install an accessible shower. Jenny has quadriplegia caused by a 2000 auto accident. The 39-year-old uses a wheelchair and a wheeled commode that doubles as a shower chair. By spring 2018, Jenny desperately ...
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Blakeley Herron

Now that Matt and Leah Herron have moved to Omaha, Neb., after five years in Dickinson, the couple and their three children won’t need the type of medical travel assistance NDAD provided both Leah and their daughter, Blakeley, in their times of need. The impression NDAD left on the Herrons didn’t get left behind in North Dakota. "As ...
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Jillian Schaible

Transportation access is a daunting challenge for many people with a wide range of disabilities in North Dakota. Bismarck native Jillian Schaible knows this first hand. She’s taken it upon herself to try and better matters, particularly in her community, through volunteerism and as a watchdog over local public transit issues. Jillian, who ...
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Pedro Gonzalez

Pedro Gonzalez of Williston is an early 2018 kidney transplant recipient who’s been buoyed by NDAD’s invaluable assistance for medical travel needs to and from Bismarck for his scheduled post-transplant appointments. “The NDAD is a great place that gives people help,” said Pedro, who’s 40. “I urge people if they ...
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Jiry Rosecrans

Jiry Rosecrans, of rural Edmore, N.D., needs to receive infusions in Fargo every two weeks to treat a rare brain tumor that was diagnosed several years ago. That translates into more than five hours of road trip every two weeks for Jiry, about to turn 13, with mom Bridget driving and usually her two younger siblings, Jace, 3, and Janee, 1, along, ...
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Donna Hansen

Donna Hansen is on the move in retirement. Relaxing wasn’t her post-career goal. Finishing her 39th and final year in special education, though, proved more than a small challenge for the longtime Grand Forks special educator.   NDAD helped her move quickly to meet the challenge through its Healthcare Equipment Loan Program (HELP). While ...
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Kashton Faul

Expectant parents anxiously await the joy of their new baby coming into the world.  New parents have hopes and dreams of their son or daughter living a happy, healthy life.  When their baby is born with health concerns, what then? How do you move forward?  Where do you turn for help?   In late 2015, the Faul family was asking ...
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Deanna Bakken
Deanna Bakken (right), with her mom, Kay (2015)
Just a few weeks before Christmas 2014, Deanna Bakken had something she really wanted her mom and dad to see. So, Kay and Garry Bakken obliged her and went to see Deanna, who has cerebral palsy, work with her new Fargo physical therapist, Kari Torgerson. They saw far more than they had expected: Deanna stood and took a few steps— with the ...
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Brooke Carlson
Brooke Carlson, in early 2015
The doctor gave Brooke Carlson a restriction she simply had to follow: no running, walking or putting weight on her hips for one year’s time. Hardly the type of restriction welcomed by an 8-year-old active in gymnastics since she was 2. Still, Brooke recalls the pain she felt in the summer. Her mom, Lisa Nelson, recalls when she realized ...
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Dean Knutson
Dean Knutson (2012)
Dean Knutson performs volunteer respite care visits in East Grand Forks, Minn., on behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. The Grand Forks resident likes the fit, for several reasons. “I’ve been told I can talk,” he said, smiling. He says he’s a good listener, too – a key component of respite service. Knutson ...
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